Every death, every birth, every event of importance to our lives. This includes birthdays, anniversaries, and the expression of Love. All of these
should be commemorated by planting a tree.
A minimal number of trees must be planted per person; once per year of that life. More trees ensures wiser friends; growing old and becoming wise
becomes a Virtue.
Trees are souls, but they are all young souls because of past clearcutting and loss of environment; Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain, the Americas,
were all Old Growth Forest once.
Diversity is the key in the Understanding of rebuilding a forest or a wooded sanctuary. Fruits, nuts, berries, and medicines.
Planting a tree for every event of our lives would be like installing a Diversity Manifest upon the land. (I don't think anyone has used these two
words together prior to this post)
We will call this 'Diversity Manifest'; each living community will enact a Global Planting paradigm in Culture and Story. The 20th Century will be
the basis for this story (need I say more of that!)
Gone are the days with National Parks that support only scrub and juniper. Gone are the ranchers who fenced us from the open places. The Migration of
creatures great and small begins anew, even people should migrate with Nature.
Eventually the diversity of the forest and woodlands encapsulates our diseases, our illnesses, and all our toxic pollution and brings out the
Strongest of us all. The waters begin to flow clean with life once more.
I can see it.
So this is less a story and more my dreams. I already shifted my paradigm when I planted my first tree. I have done so for the remainder of my life.
Here is my latest effort.
Preparing grape cuttings for the Future.
I obtained 13 different Cultivars, 5 cuttings per Cultivar. They arrived wrapped in wet paper. The bare branches were soaked overnight then wrapped
with a small amount of sterilized peat and perlite, as no part of the branch should touch soil for fear of bacteria. Once the roots extend past the
paper then the plant can begin to utilize the natural ground and grow resistant and strong.
All wrapped and ready for planting.
All the cuttings must be placed in a 'nursery bed' for their first year. It must be able to keep the humidity for the rooting process.
Now that the cuttings are growing the top layer of plastic can be removed. High winds and severe weather can be regulated by rolling the plastic back
in place and securing with staples. In one year these can all be moved to a permanent planting utilizing the 4-branch training method for optimal
Most of these are wine grapes, however, what most folks do not realize is that all wine grapes make excellent table grapes. It is encouraged to know
the fruit fresh of the wine that you drink so you can learn to recognize the flavors between them.
This was only a part of the introductions I have placed this year. This fall I will begin to germinate my woodland berries; these require a long
winter to grow as seedlings, so the worst of what we face might be a good thing for the future plantings. I hear the weather will be getting colder
and colder from here.
Diversity Manifest is your Destiny!
Here is a resource for Plants for the Future
There is both a UK database and US.